From Burlesque to Mediocre


from burlesque to mediocre

three sheets shy from jovial 

to the deadbeat bug of drugs home occupation.

with Cohen at a funfair

a secret life on borrowed time

hounding horse each chapters line

drunk beyond belief on a club cream soda;

anxiety in a plastic bag of air

panic comes and grows it's kisses deep

deeper than the stretch-marks on my cheeks

flamenco red

plucking strings in favour of a trade;

he of fire

laborious beneath a quilt of orange skin

safe from felines furballs

twisting through the sinews like a king

waiting for an encore

far left of centre 

to Montreal for the splendour of her Spring;

near midnight now the sleepless spread their wings

a kiss from the ghost of Joan of Arc

and see what the future brings;








  • Author: Melvin James (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: October 27th, 2023 16:17
  • Comment from author about the poem: a night in with Cohen
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 10
  • User favorite of this poem: Teddy.15.
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  • Teddy.15

    Amazing poetry. And what company you do keep my dear friend. Not bad at all. ❤️

    • aDarkerMind

      thank you very much Teddy.
      it was good to meet the great man.

    • Thomas W Case


      • aDarkerMind

        a strong word Thomas
        greatly appreciated.
        thank you.

      • 2781

        Sounds like a pit I new.

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